When specifying wood floorcoverings in commercial buildings, considerations include facility type, specie, durability, design goals, and budget. For design teams not willing to settle for a ‘lookalike’ synthetic product, a starting point is deciding whether to specify solid-strip or engineered wood flooring.
Wood’s beauty has long been appreciated for both architectural ceiling and wall panel assemblies. Significant changes during the past decade have led to new fabrication techniques and products complementing traditional millwork.
Before the end of the 19th century, wood was commonly used as a primary building material in several types of non-residential structures. Demonstrating the durability and strength of building with wood, many of these timber-built structures remain in use.
Designing and constructing with structural insulated panels (SIPs) can create a tight, energy-efficient building envelope. As with other high-performance wall and roof assemblies, managing air flow and moisture is necessary for maximizing energy savings, occupant comfort, and building longevity.